Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction Provides Update on the Joint Statement of Action to Address the Opioid Crisis

published on May 31, 2017 by Health Canada in Newswire

OTTAWAMay 31, 2017 /CNW/ – The ongoing opioid crisis in Canada continues to affect communities in many parts of the country. Addressing the crisis demands a whole-of-society response, from a variety of sectors, to truly understand the roots of the issue and to respond effectively.

Last November, the Minister of Health co-hosted the Opioid Summit with the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care for Ontario, which brought together individuals and organizations to take action to combat the opioid crisis. During the Summit, more than 30 organizations and 9 provinces and territories committed to the Joint Statement of Action to Address the Opioid Crisis.

The Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA) committed to quarterly reporting on the status of commitments made by signatories to the Joint Statement. Today, the CCSA released its first report, which demonstrates key achievements made since the Summit, as well as the continued need to work together to fight the opioid crisis from all sides.

Highlights from the report include:

  • In February 2017, researchers from the Canadian Research Initiative in Substance Misuse (CRISM), which is supported by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, released A Guideline for the Clinical Management of Opioid Use DisorderThe guideline is intended for use by the Government of British Columbia, all BC physicians, nursing and allied health professionals, and other care providers involved in the treatment of individuals with opioid use disorder. CRISM researchers are currently working on adapting these guidelines for use at the national level.
  • On March 1, 2017, the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) hosted a meeting of provincial and territorial chief coroners and medical examiners to continue its work to establish a national network of coroners’ reports, develop a common definition for opioid-related death, and begin developing a plan to collect consistent data on opioid-related deaths.
  • The College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC formed a Prescription Monitoring Oversight Committee to provide oversight of PharmaNet, their provincial prescription monitoring program, and expand its use across the province.
  • The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Newfoundland and Labrador developed and implemented a new education tool, the Safe-Prescribing Program. The Program is mandatory as of March 1, 2017 for all new physicians seeking a license to practice medicine in this province for the first time.
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